I love watching children interact with their friends. And when you work in child care, you see a lot of different interactions! Well today is best friend day, so let’s talk a little about children and their friendships.
Anyone who works with children has found themselves mumbling to themselves. We ask ourselves, “Why”? On those days I find myself thinking, “I’m just getting too old for this”? But, what is “this”? Working with children is hard work and stressful. You sit in your classroom with ten little people who are still learning what… Continue reading Self-Care – Why we need to do it!
Autism Sunday was started in 2002 in the United Kingdom during Autism Awareness year. It continues as a day to bring awareness to a very confusing and often misdiagnosed disorder. So what exactly is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Do you like dragons? I do – and I haven’t met a child that didn’t! Today is a day to celebrate the Dragon! So just how DO you appreciate a dragon? Start the day with your morning circle and ask the children, who likes dragons? Ask them to tell you what a dragon is – … Continue reading It’s Dragon Appreciation Day!
My office was next to the playground. I could look out the window and watch the kids play. One day a couple of months ago I happened to look out and saw a toddler picking up leaves and moving them to a pile she had started in the corner of the play yard. I watched… Continue reading Child Directed Play
I wrote a similar post in August, 2018 – but it’s amazing to me how many people simply don’t understand. I still keeping hearing many misconceptions! So here it is again – different words, same idea. Developmentally Appropriate! I’m poling as many people and groups as I can to find out what kind of training… Continue reading What do you need? A trainer’s quest…
Did you know the day after Thanksgiving is the National Day of Listening? I didn’t know either. In 2008, an organization called StoryCorp launched a day set aside for families to take time to tell and record their stories. It’s a day to interview each other and share a family history. But when I first… Continue reading How do You Listen?
Happy Thanksgiving May your home be filled with love and blessings. Thanksgiving is the day to relax with family, revel in the blessings we have and partake of food together. I have so many blessing in my life – A close knit family that genuinely cares about each other A roof over my… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is almost here! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. I’m sure most everyone already has most of their activities planned for this holiday and here are some more ideas! Have a family potluck – Invite families to bring a dish to share with your class that is… Continue reading Thanksgiving Activities (and books!)